Dollar General Names EVP & Chief Merchandising Officer

Goodlettsville, Tenn. — Dollar General Corporation has named James W. “Jim” Thorpe as executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, effective immediately.

Thorpe brings 24 years of merchandising experience to the position including more than 6 years with Dollar General where he served as senior vice president and general merchandise manager from May 2006 until his retirement in July 2012.

“Jim is an accomplished merchant who has a strong understanding of our core customer and a passion for our business. Given his proven track record, we are excited for him to return to Dollar General. The addition of Jim helps strengthen our leadership team so that we can focus on capturing growth opportunities at an accelerated pace,” says Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer.

David D’Arezzo, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, departed the company, effective August 6, 2015.

Prior to Dollar General, Thorpe served in various positions of increasing importance and responsibility with Sears Holdings Corporation from 1991 to 2006 where his last position was vice president and general merchandise manager — Hard Home of Sears Home Group. Following his retirement from Dollar General in July 2012, Thorpe was president of JW Thorpe & Associates, Inc.

With 12,198 stores in 43 states as of July 31, 2015, Dollar General is America’s largest small-box discount retailer offering multi-price point merchandise. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Dollar General Corporation

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